Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
158 Doctors are Online

14 year old with frequent episodes of swollen hand with purple and white spots. No pain. What are these?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General Surgeon
Practicing since : 1995
Answered : 1828 Questions
I have a 14 year old son. His right hand was swollen and bluish purple with white spots, left hand wasn't as bad but did have the same coloring. Then later in the evening that went away and his hands were really red. Wish I knew what was going on. If anyone has suggestion on what to do I'd greatly appreciate them. He says it does\n't hurt, or feel numb. Happens 2 or 3 times a week, different times of the day, never at the same time, may be at school, church, home, etc., could be inside or outside. Just never know when it's going to happen. Have thought about taking him to the emergency room when it happens, but by the time you get there they have gone back to some what normal. Would think it's all in my head but 2 or 3 times now someone else has been there to see them that way.
Posted Mon, 8 Apr 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Hari Charan Perigela 1 hour later
Whether the spots are disappearing spontaneously or by elevation of the limb?
If at all they are disappearing after elevation ,they are Bier's spots.The cause is not known in most of the cases.
As the colour of the hand is changing from bluish purple to red,these spots are related to vessel abnormalities.Another possibility is constitutional speckled vascular mottling.
When the lesions appear next time,take him to a dermatologist next time immediately or you can take photographs when the lesions appear and show to him.
But,these type of lesions do not have any cause and do not need treatment.
But,Dermatologist should be consulted for correct diagnosis and associated conditions,if any.
Wish him good health
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Pediatrician

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor